Number 12: 28 August 2019

Key Dates 2019 click to open the Calendar of events


COMMUNITY NEWS  – click to open Community News


Dear Families,

We had a wonderful time last week celebrating Book Week with a range of activities, including teachers reading the Children’s Book Council of Australia short listed books to different classes each morning and during lunchtimes in the library, and student book recommendations on display through out the school.

Last Friday, Year 3, 4 and 5 students were extremely fortunate to have Graeme Miles, TPS parent and published poet, share a selection of his own poems alongside those from some of his favourite poets. Additionally, Year 5 students had the opportunity to share their own poetry with Graeme and hear his feedback firsthand- what a thrill!

Not even the gloomy weather could dampen the highlight that was the annual Book Week Parade, superbly hosted once again by Mrs McNamara!  Thank you to all staff who supported the children to engage with this year’s book week theme – Reading is my Super Power.

Nature Play Update

Term 3 has welcomed the 3-4 classes, Prep and Kinder-Prep classes back to the bush. This is the first time Prep and Kinder-Prep classes have met with Kara Spence, of Nature. Be in it. outside and she asked them what made this place special and how does it compare to the school grounds? The answers truly summed up why we are taking the time to learn and play in this way.

“You can do many different things here!”

“On the play equipment you can only do the same thing over and over, but you can build your own thing here, so it is more special.”

“If you forget the Aboriginal people, you can come to the bush to remember them.”

Play based learning outside strengthens our creativity and focus, allowing students to focus better back in the classroom. Students personalise their learning environment, make their own choices on what to do and how they will do it. Outside opens endless opportunities for learning and growth. The Teachers and Kara work together to plan purposeful play-based learning which links into their current inquiries which are; Why places are special and How we communicate. We can’t wait to see where their learning leads.

Middle Years Literacy Project

On Monday our Student Inquiry Leaders from Year 5 and 6 once again joined with their peers from 8 other Middle Years Project Schools to continue their research into the “effective teaching practices that enable every student to achieve their best at writing”.  The students delved deeply into the collective data and collaborated with students from other schools to engage in this exciting research project.  Well done Sophia, Annie, Georgina, Isla, Quinn, Charlie, Noah and George on your courageous participation throughout the day.

Taroona Primary School Association

Please see below for all the latest updates from the TPSA, including Seaside Festival information.  I am looking forward to working with our new School Association Chair, Simona Timmins, Secretary Kate Brown and our newly elected Committee Member Raymond Bannister.  The next TPSA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 3 September at 7pm in the TPS Staff room. I hope to see some new faces at the meeting!

Best wishes

Danielle Bresnehan



  • Congratulations to the following students who received a Taroona Award at last week’s assembly:
  • Creativity – Remy C, Lily B.D, Ben F & Ruben S
  • Respect – Lori C, Zac E, Nicholas M & Clara F
  • Resilience – Frankie S, Ina B, Maggie A, Jimmy T.T, Sam S, Lilith F, Anabelle A & George D.LM
  • Excellence – Serena Z, Emilia W, Eva R, Una O, Alexander K, Madeleine W, Dali B, Olivia H, Charlie C & 5-6TN
  • Collaboration – Jackson L, Jemma V & Louis N
  • All 5 Values – Chloe C, Coco W, Leo P, Margot M & Hamish C



5-6 Gregson have been studying various forms of poetry. Please see the image below for more information.



Scholastic Book club Issue 5 orders have now closed and are on their way!  

Issue 6 is available for online orders only.  You can view the catalogue here and order via LOOP.  Please order by 13 September.


Launching into Learning runs in the Kinder room, every Thursday  from 9.15am with Mrs Sarah Wilson. 

Please see below our Term 3 calendar.


Hello! I am Simona Timmins, the new Chair of the Taroona Primary School Association Committee. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with parents, teachers, the Principal and broader community to support measures that enrich our children’s education and experiences. The School Association is a fantastic forum to share views, and I encourage parents to come to any or all of our meetings, held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Happily, we have filled a number of positions on the Committee. Raymond Bannister is our new Committee Member and Kate Brown has taken on the role of Secretary. Welcome Raymond, and thank you Kate – your previous experience as Secretary will be invaluable.

Sadly, Alex Terhell has recently stepped-down as Deputy Chair. On behalf of the Committee, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Alex for her invaluable work. Alex was a passionate Committee member who was extremely generous with her time and efforts in initiating and implementing measures to support the school and its students. She continues to offer much appreciated support for Sushi Fridays and the Seaside Festival’s Green Team. The Deputy Chair role is now vacant, and we welcome interest in this role.

Many members of the Committee are beavering away behind the scenes to plan for the much-anticipated 2019 Taroona Seaside Festival. Thanks to the huge level of support from parents and the community, we now have many exciting class and community stalls and activities planned for this wonderful event. Please put in your diary 30 November. Leading up, there will be a flurry of activity and calls-out for assistance. Today’s call-out is for second-hand items – please see attached flyer below.

Please do reach out to us at … or you can catch me on my scooter as I take my son to school; I am always happy to chat!



TPSA Chair

TPSA Minutes Meeting 11th June 2019 Final

TPSA Minutes 2nd July 2019 Final

Seaside Festival

Please click on the image below for more information about the Taroona Seaside Festival.

TPS Soccer – 2019 End of Season BBQ

The TPSA are holding an end of season BBQ which will be held Saturday, 7 September from 11-3.00pm in the Quadrangle.


Keep Cups

TPSA are selling Keep Cups for $5. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories), at the Uniform Shop or from the office.

Red polo shirts

A supply of second hand red polo tops have been found and are being sold for $5. Ideal as a Waratah top, or just for wearing at home. These are available for order via Qkr (under Uniform Shop – Accessories)

Sale items

Check out all our sale items on Qkr! We have:

  • Cargo shorts
  • Trackpants
  • Windcheaters
  • Skorts

Plastic bags

If you have any spare clean plastic bags, please drop them at the office. The reusable supermarket type are the ideal size.

Price lists and order form

Click “here” for the range of uniform items.

Click “here” for a price list. However, to save us and our office staff time, we do prefer orders to be via Qkr.

Opening hours:  

Wednesday – 2.45pm-3.15pm

Help needed

The Uniform Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers. Please contact Katie on if you would like to contribute to the school by volunteering at the Uniform Shop.


Student Absences

A reminder to parents/carers to advise the school office if their child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other reason.

A medical certificate is required if a child is absent due to illness for 5 days or more.

Signing Students in/out

To ensure we have an accurate record of student attendance in case of an emergency, we ask that any student arriving at school later than 9:00am or leaving for any reason during the school day be signed in or out at the school office.

Message to Students

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school before 2:15pm to ensure enough time for us to pass the message on.

Duty of Care

Please note that students are not to arrive before 8:30am. This is for the students’ protection and safety as there are no teachers on duty prior to 8:30am and classrooms remain locked until this time. Supervision is provided before and after school:

  • Playground (EXCLUDING PLAY WEST, BLUE COURTS & OVAL) 8:30 to 8:55am
  • Car park & bus area 2:50 to 3:05pm

School Volunteers – Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

All volunteers and helpers working within our school are reminded that they must have a current WWVP card.

To register go to the Department of Justice website and follow the instructions. Remember to select DoE and Taroona Primary School.

You will need to sign in at the office and show your card when helping at school or joining a school excursion.

The registration approval process can take several weeks, so new parents to the school, are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. If you have a card please check that it is still current. Registration requires renewal every 3 years.


Lady Gowrie Taroona Before and After School Care operates from the hall each school day from 7:00-8:30 am (Before School Care) and 3:00-6:00 pm (After School Care), catering for children aged 4-12 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment based on the children’s interests incorporating both indoor and outdoor play.  We employ trained Educators and provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon tea each day.  Please contact the Lady Gowrie Outside School Hours Care Office on 6230 6806 or email us at for more information.

Please click here for Lady Gowries Taroona Vacation Care Program.

To ensure the safety of our school property, please ring Crime Stoppers if you see anyone acting suspiciously in our school grounds.